Santa Clara Stadium The 2014 Home for the San Francisco 49ers
Santa Clara Stadium will be the 2014 home for the San Francisco 49ers and 2016 home for the Super Bowl.
They’re building it and the Super Bowl will come. The San Francisco 49ers’ new Santa Clara stadium was selected to host the 50th Super Bowl, capping the 2015-2016th season. The game will be the first Super Bowl the Bay Area has hosted since Stanford Stadium hosted the 1985 Super Bowl, won by the 49ers over the Miami Dolphins. The Bay Area was selected over the second place bid and frequent Super Bowl host, Miami. Once the Florida legislature rejected a ballot measure that would have given voters the opportunity to approve $350 million in renovations to the Dolphins Sun Life Stadium, the Bay Area was in the driver’s seat to host the United States biggest annual sporting event.
While sports fans celebrate business leaders are touting the impact the Super Bowl will have on the local economy. Experts estimate that the Super Bowl could generate as much as $500 million for the local economy. With nearly a billion viewers worldwide the Super Bowl also serves as a tremendous showcase for the local area. According to the San Jose Mercury News dozens of pre-game events will be scattered around the Bay Area, with San Francisco hosting a bulk of the celebrations leading up to the game. The fact that the game is the NFL’s golden anniversary Super Bowl will add additional luster to the game. It’s expected to cost $40 million to host the game. The planning committee is well ahead of schedule in generating the funds, with $30 million being raised already. The Super Bowl, which traditionally goes by Roman Numerals, will be known as Super Bowl L. The game will be the first Super Bowl played in the State of California since 2003 when San Diego hosted the big game. Of course the 49ers, who lost last year’s game to the Baltimore Ravens, will be primed to make a Super Bowl run. No home team has ever played in the Super Bowl, but with the depth of talent the 49ers have they could easily become the first.
The new Santa Clara Stadium was designed by noted firm HNTB with an emphasis on creating a stadium that is reminiscent of San Francisco architecture. Like Candlestick Park, Santa Clara Stadium will be an open air stadium with a natural grass field. In keeping with current green building strategies, stadium backers claim that “the stadium is currently one of the large buildings registered with the US Green Building Council; it is also believe to be the first stadium that will have both green roof and solar panels”. Those attending events at Santa Clara Stadium will be able to utilize multiple methods of transportation including Amtrak and a proposed BART extension. Beyond the green and solar panels the stadium construction includes the use of paving materials and roofing materials with a high solar reflective index; the use of recycled water for landscape irrigation; and the installation of permanent monitoring systems that provide feedback on ventilation systems and performance.
Major Bay Area tech companies such as Google and Apple are expected to develop new technologies for the event. With famed Silicon Valley right in the backyard of the Super Bowl, the tech world will surely play a major role in the game.
About Chris Michaels:
Chris Michaels is a sports writer for Barry’s Tickets since 2009 covering all NFL, NBA and NHL Teams. Chris grew up in the Bay Area and is a life long football fan but since coming to Los Angeles to go to USC he has become a true sports connoisseur. Chris was at the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans and wasn’t even scared when the lights went out.
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